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Mildred Natwick Overview:

Legendary character actress, Mildred Natwick, was born on Jun 19, 1905 in Baltimore, MD. Natwick died at the age of 89 on Oct 25, 1994 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Lorraine Park Cemetery in Woodlawn, MD.

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One look at sharp-faced American actress, Mildred Natwick, and you knew that here was a lady who had a sense of humor but would stand no nonsense. Appearing in character roles on stage from an early age, she usually played bird-like eccentrics in films, but could also be very droll, especially as Jane Fonda's mother in "Barefoot in the Park", the role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Natwick was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActressBarefoot in the Park (1967)Mrs. Ethel BanksNominated
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Mildred Natwick Quotes:

Aunt Amarilla: You have the largest, most modern stables in the entire country. Do you like horses?
Yolanda Aquaviva: Oh yes, I do.
Aunt Amarilla: Fine, we must buy a horse.


Mrs. Abigail Minnett: Do you know what loneliness is, real loneliness?
Laura Pennington: [Heavy with sadness] Yes.
Mrs. Abigail Minnett: I thought you would.


Yolanda Aquaviva: Mr. Brown doesn't dance... except, perhaps, on the head of a pin.
Aunt Amarilla: Oh, I should like to see that.


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Mildred Natwick Facts
Was nominated for two Tony Awards: in 1957 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Waltz of the Toreadors" and in 1972 as Best Actress (Musical) for "70 Girls 70".

First appeared on Broadway under the direction of Joshua Logan, who considered her one of America's finest character actresses. Natwick inspired great devotion among many: John Ford, who directed her in The Long Voyage Home (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and The Quiet Man (1952) adored her, as did both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Katharine Cornell and her husband, director Guthrie McClintic, cast her in many of their plays.

She and Angela Lansbury, both in The Court Jester (1956)--she did the famous "Vessel with the Pestle" routine with Danny Kaye--were reunited on Lansbury's series, "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), in the episode, "Murder, She Wrote: Murder in the Electric Cathedral (#2.16)" (1986)), 30 years later.

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